[linux-audio-user] M-Audio cards, XLR inputs question

Joseph Dell'Orfano fullgo at dellorfano.net
Mon Feb 7 06:48:59 EST 2005

Sorry, I forgot. I can confirm that there is no phantom power on the
1010LT. According to specs, the 1010 has no phantom power. In my case,
the preamp supplies power, although phantom power units are relatively

I own 2 RNCs and they are great. I use them for tracking as an effects
loop off of my preamp. Yes they are ugly, but they are really quiet and
easy to operate. They are a great value for the money.

For miking acoustic instruments, a great preamp may be a sound
investment. You may want to consider spending more resources on this.
Pendulum Audio makes a very good stereo acoustic preamp.


On Sun, 2005-02-06 at 21:38, Florin Andrei wrote:
> On Sun, 2005-02-06 at 18:11 -0500, Phil Sexton wrote:
> > It looks as if the Delta 1010LT has 2 XLR inputs, whereas the Delta 1010
> > only has 1/4" jacks.
> > I have 1" condenser mics (AKG 3000B) which require phantom power.  I
> > assume neither card provides it.
> > Can owners of these cards confirm my assumptions?  What recommendations
> > would you give for me to purchase.
> I don't own a Delta but i'm pretty sure they don't offer phantom power
> on their inputs. Even if they did, i wouldn't trust them to capture the
> sound of a mic; as line inputs they're fine, but a mic is a different
> story.
> Anyway, i want to purchase a Delta 1010 myself and I'm thinking to get a
> mic preamp for it. Since the card is about $450, i figured a $125...150
> preamp would be just what the doctor ordered.
> I've been told that the Studio Projects VTB1 is one of the best preamps
> in that price range. It's ugly, but that's a sign that the $$$ were
> invested where it matters: the circuits, not the looks.
> http://www.studioprojectsusa.com/vtb1.html
> Since that preamp doesn't have a compressor, and since I'd very much
> like to compress before the sound hits the digital domain, I'll have to
> get a compressor too. At this moment, the RNC1773 looks like the best
> bet - I've heard real hard-core professionals giving it high praise
> ("butt-ugly looking, kick-ass sounding", "costs $200 but sounds like
> $2000", etc.)
> http://www.fmraudio.com/RNC1773.htm

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